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Bernard Chilton

February 23, 2022

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Bernard Chilton, III, 62, of Evington, passed away on February 23, 2022.  He was born to the late Bernard Chilton, Jr. and Edith (Johnson) Chilton in Lynchburg, Virginia on September 22, 1959. He graduated from Amherst High School and recently retired from a 44 year career at WESTROCK (formerly Rock Tenn). In his free time he was immersed in all things basketball and anything his children or grandchildren were involved in.

Bernard was blessed with a loving family. He married his former crush Shirley (Hancock) Chilton on September 9, 2017. Bernard raised his two children Quintus and Andre with patience and discipline. He taught them the value of hard work and athletic ability.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Shirley; his mother, Edith; his sons, Quintus and Andre Chilton; his bonus daughter, Melencia Johnson (Eugene White); bonus son, Jerome Johnson (Tiffany); grandchildren, Sha’Moni, Jullian, Kamryn, Kingston, Yhannis, Travis, and Nevaeh; brother, Darnell Chilton; sister, Carla Lewis (Larry); sisters-in-law, Frances Harvey (James), Maxine Farrar (Wesley), Elaine Staten, Ruth Harvey, Marie Dews; brother-in-law, Ronnie Harvey (Elaine); and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Bernard Chilton, Jr.

The family wishes to thank Westrock, BWXT, Lucille Chambers, Bonnie Williams, Ora Myers (Mike) for their continued support. Additionally, we would like to thank the many friends, family, and coworkers who called, sent condolences, and stopped by to share stories of Bernard.  Special thanks to Reverend Edward Jones, Reverend Ronnie Haynes, and the members of Bolling Hill Baptist Church of Madison Heights, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society.

A Celebration of Bernard’s Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 28, 2022, in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home. The family will receive guests immediately following the service at Tharp Funeral Home.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

To view Bernard’s memorial video, please click here.


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